This Week in Milford

March 25, 2020

In Which Chris Schuring Indicates How Much We Still Care About This Plot


That, or he’s just finished watching a Get Smart marathon.

I’ll admit I’m not much of a TV watcher anymore. Outside of baseball season, it’s mostly nature shows on BBC America or an oldie on Turner Classic Movies for me.  So I’ve gotta hand it to astute TWIMer franku2016 who noted in yesterday’s comments:

This entire plot was on a Modern Family episode a few years ago with a GPA tie between Alex and her academic rival Sanje, and yes, they started dating, much to the dismay of Sanje’s old-world parents.

Despite being on the air for over a decade, Modern Family has flown completely under my radar, so I had to look it up. For those of you who were as clueless about it as me, this show features Ed O’Neill (better known to some of us as would-be patriarch Al Bundy in the 1990s sitcom Married with Children) as would-be patriarch Jay Pritchett. Part of Pritchett’s extended family includes son-in-law Phil Dunphy. A real estate agent, Phil often finds himself losing business to his arch-rival… Gil Thorpe.

Gentle readers, this cannot be mere coincidence, can it? All I know is I’m gonna start checking Modern Family plot summaries for comparison from now on.


Now that that another installment of “teenchy Is Old and Out of Touch” is out of the way, let’s focus on what’s happening here. It looks like basketball season will be coming to a blessed end this weekend. Chris seems to think the school year will be, too, or at least the spring will do nothing to change the current academic rankings. Alexa’s dislike for him still holds true regardless of the sensitivity of his sarcasm detector. Chris’ altruism comes off to her as condescension if not something even less benign. I don’t think these two are becoming a couple anytime soon, but if this part of the plot continues into the next arc (think True/Boo from a few years back) it’s not out of the realm of possibility.






  1. This Gil Thorp could learn something from the Gil Thorpe on Modern Family, who is somewhat of a smart-ass and has fun fuckin’ with people, especially Phil. After Gil wins a coveted real estate sales award in the form of a big necklace, he tells Phil “’s gonna be fun watchin’ it bang off the back of my wife’s head tonight… hahahahaha…”. Coach Gil could learn to use such wits on Dr. Pearl, Marty Moon, opposing coaches, Marjie Ducey, punks like Teddy, Chet, etc.

    Comment by franku2016 — March 25, 2020 @ 12:02 pm


    2. So Chris didn’t try to hit it? What the hell was he doing this for, then? Does he even *like* girls?

    3. It’s odd that there has been no discussion about which colleges these two plan on attending… Some previous seasons that’s what characters talked about for weeks at a time (I’m looking in your direction, Truman Standish)…

    4. This has been a blur…. All I remember is Alexa carrying a grudge over some teasing in third grade and giving elbow slams, shoulder barges and hip checks to students half her size in the hallway…

    Comment by hitorque — March 25, 2020 @ 1:53 pm

  3. P3″…and the Opposing Team That Becomes Possible Punching Bag According To The Thorpiversean Script fails to appear on the court because one of its members ate a Bucket Burger afflicted with red meat, attracting COVID-19 getting her throwing up in the bus and spreading the disease with her teammates and coaches on the bus. Milford wins by forfeit.”

    Chris leads the cheers, taunting the other team


    I don’t think that’s gonna happen but I thought basketball was already a done deal. Shows you how much I know(ha).

    Comment by tdrewhardin — March 25, 2020 @ 4:17 pm

  4. I’ve probably watched Donald Trump on tv more the last 2 weeks then in the 4 years he’s been President. Beats watching old games. I can only watch so many of those. Duke-Kentucky 92 was like re-living a nightmare. How the hell they didnt guard the inbounder baffles me to this day.

    Comment by robmize2013 — March 25, 2020 @ 5:17 pm

  5. Shout-out to hitorque for a good question. Did my best to shed light in an add-on to yesterday’s commentary.

    The fact we’re at the girls game gives me hope that we will not instantly slide to Gil explaining to Marjie Ducey that he thinks sophomore Juan Grady can handle third base. There is still hope of a post game celebration at The Bucket, with hilarity ensuing as the central characters of the story try to explain what they are doing against the outside wall.

    Comment by vaganova — March 25, 2020 @ 5:49 pm

  6. I don’t watch Modern Family. Well, maybe a couple three times. I know Sofia Vergara is on the show. That’s all that really matters.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 25, 2020 @ 6:14 pm

  7. Rob I just watched Lehigh beat Duke in the 2012 first round of March Madness. Good stuff. And I honestly couldn’t remember who won so it was exciting! Now I’m watching Bulls Knickerbockers from 1996 playdowns. I miss the days when you could knock a fool to the floor and not get a flagrant or get kicked out of the game. And boy does Big Chief Triangle look like a dumbass on the bench! Sho’ was nice having Jordan, Pip and company on the floor to cover up BCT’s mental deficiencies! And Kobe and Shaq with the Lakers. Is BCT the luckiest prick ever? I think so.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 25, 2020 @ 6:29 pm

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